UC Travels to Louisville for Big Monday Contest
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UC senior guard Cashmere Wright

March 3, 2013

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati plays its final road game of the regular season when it travels to face No. 10/9 Louisville on Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. The game tips at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and 700 WLW.

UC (20-9, 8-8 BIG EAST) snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday, posting a 61-56 win over Connecticut at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were led by Sean Kilpatrick who tallied 20 points with four three-pointers, five rebounds and three steals. Cashmere Wright added 10 points and Titus Rubles grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Louisville (24-5, 12-4 BIG EAST) pushed its win streak to five games Saturday, earning a 58-53 road win at No. 12/12 Syracuse. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 18 points while Luke Hancock had 12 points on four three-pointers and Gorgui Dieng posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Monday’s contest marks the first meeting between the two squads since last season’s BIG EAST Championship title-game matchup that Louisville won 50-44 on March 10 at Madison Square Garden. The loss snapped a three-game series win streak for the Bearcats.

Louisville leads the overall series 54-42, including a 30-15 advantage in the River City. UC owns a 24-21 advantage in the Queen City. The series is tied 3-3 at neutral sites.  

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 97th meeting; Louisville leads 54-42 overall; Louisville leads 30-15 in Louisville;
Cincinnati leads 24-21 in Cincinnati; The series is tied 3-3 at neutral sites. STREAK - Louisville won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: Louisville won 50-44 in title game of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship on March 10 in New York City.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (133-97); 10th season overall (202-121).
Rick Pitino is in his 12th season at Louisville (299-111); 28th season overall (653-239).
Rankings: Louisville is ranked No. 10 by AP and ninth by USA Today in polls through Feb. 25.
Cincinnati is not ranked in either poll.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: ESPN; Sean McDonough provides play-by-play with color analysts Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery. Bo Garrett produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-Sean Kilpatrick was named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Naismith College Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Feb. 26.
-Kilpatrick ranked among the BIG EAST Conference leaders in scoring (fourth at 17.6 points per game), three-pointers per game (second at 2.54) and rebounding (19th at 5.4) through Feb. 28.
-Kilpatrick has led UC in scoring in nine of the last 11 contests while being the game’s high scorer six times. He has made a team-high 34 three-pointers while averaging 5.1 rebounds (second most on the team) during the stretch.
-JaQuon Parker has increased his scoring output over the last five games, averaging 13.2 points - second most on the team during the stretch. He is shooting 46.2 percent from the field (24 of 52) and 45.5 percent from three-point range (5 of 11). He also ranks third on the team in rebounding with 4.6 boards during the span.
-The trio of Kilpatrick, Parker and Cashmere Wright has accounted for 84.1 percent of UC’s three-pointers (169 of 201); 59.7 percent of its scoring (1,184 of 1,983 points); 52.7 percent of its assists (192 of 354) and 50.0 percent of its steals (105 of 209) this year.
-UC has won at least 20 games in a season for the third year in a row. The Bearcats were 26-9 in 2011 and 26-11 a year ago. The last time the Bearcats’ program won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons was 2004-06 under Bob Huggins.
-UC opponents are scoring 11.18 points below their average this season when playing the Bearcats.
-The Bearcats outscored Connecticut 21-1 in points off turnovers on Saturday. UC is 14-1 this season when scoring more points off turnovers than its opponent.
-UC is 20-1 when scoring 61 or more points this season with the lone loss coming in a 73-66 overtime setback at Connecticut on Feb. 21.

Scouting Louisville
-Louisville enters Monday’s game having won five in a row and eight of its last nine.
-The Cardinals entered Saturday leading the BIG EAST in scoring offense (74.4 points per game), scoring margin (+15.9) and turnover margin (+6.11). Louisville also ranked third in scoring defense (58.5), rebounding offense (38.3), rebounding margin (+4.9) and offensive rebounds (14.11).
-Russ Smith ranked second in the league in scoring at 18.4 points per game entering Saturday. He was also third in steals at 2.14.
-Chane Behanan ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points per contest. He also ranks sixth in the league in rebounds (7.5), eighth in field-goal shooting (50.4 percent) and tied for 11th in steals (1.52).
-Gorgui Dieng averages just under a double-double at 9.9 points and 10.1 rebounds entering Monday’s contest. He was second in the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.9) and second in blocks (2.62) entering Saturday’s action.
-Peyton Siva ranked third in assists (6.04) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.11-to-1) entering Saturday.